Funding has recently been secured by the local authority for two popular courses to support children, young people, and their parents/carers to help them face mental health challenges during uncertain times.  Both courses are run by Rites for Girls, an organisation that has been supporting children and their parents since 2011.

Girls Net is a six-week journey for girls equipping them for times of challenge and change. This course is made up of six one and a half hour sessions in a small group of same-age girls guided by a fully trained Girls’ Net Mentor. In between the sessions, girls have access to an interactive notebook online to prompt further exploration of each week’s topic. Girls’ Net is currently held online for girls grouped by age (8-18 years).  By the end of the course, the girls not only have gained some practical tools for managing their emotions, but they have also had the experience of shared support.

Parenting Through Difficult Times course is a three-week course designed to help parents and carers of children of all ages achieve a sense of calm and safety and to give their children and young people tools for managing their big feelings (includes private online group and individual support). Ten parents per course.

To access a free place on one of the courses, parents can apply by emailing Rites for Girls direct at For Girls’ Net only, reserve a place online here.

For other local support organisations and courses, please see Your Mind Matters webpage.